Flavour Profile: Brawny complex malt. Notes of dark chocolate, dark roast with burnt espresso edges, hints of maple and mellow, smoke peat.
International Bitterness Unit: 27
“Blacksmith Smoked Porter... is almost opaque black, with faint ruby coloured tinges visible when held towards light. The light tan head is rather frothy and leaves a few streaks of lace before settling as a thin collar. Aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, tobacco and damp wood come through, especially as the ale warms.
“The taste is very malt forward with flavours of roasted grain, chocolate and cherry accented by an assertive bitterness as well as wood and smoke notes that become noticeable in the finish. Blacksmith Smoked Porter is full-bodied, earthy and grainy with mild carbonation and oiliness. The aftertaste has grain and coffee notes.
“This is a very well-rounded porter that really showcases its dark malts. The beechwood character adds a mellow warmth that would make this beer a great choice for early spring or fall. I paired it with beef stew and fresh bread.”
(Brian Papineau, bryehn.net)
Silver - 2014 Ontario Breing Awards Porter